24 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

24 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Sokcho, South Korea
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

7
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Deoksugung, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Dongdaemun Market, and other attractions. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul itinerary website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect Seoul to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

2
nights
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sokcho Beach, Abai Village and Sinheungsa Temple. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park and hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sokcho tour planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, Sokcho is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Sinheungsa Temple ©
Sinheungsa Temple
Sokcho Jungang Market ©
Sokcho Jungang Market

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You've added Taejongdae, Igidae Park, Bokcheon Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: walk around Yongdusan Park, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Busan by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sokcho in September, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Taejongdae ©
Taejongdae

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bijarim Forest, Jeju Jungang Underground Shopping Center, Hallasan, and other attractions you added. Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planning website.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Busan in September, with lows around 26°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hallasan
Hallasan

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shimokitazawa, Taishakuten-Sando, Tokyo Dome, and other attractions. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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